We are very fortunate to now be living in a digital world, where we can remotely do anything we want. We can turn up the thermostat at home from our smartphones. We can check in with the kids by tapping into the live cameras in the house. We can even unlock the door from a distance, or video call Australia from the U.S. We have the capability to do so many things remotely these days, so why is it that so many employers don’t go for remote working?
When you’re spending your time clocking in long hours at the office, the last thing that you want to do is to face a commute all the way home again. Commuting adds hours to your day and it can really prevent you from feeling motivated and ready to work. You don’t have to get behind the wheel of a car and get into an accident because you’re exhausted from driving and working. The other massive bonus of working from home? It’s how much fuel you’re going to save! Working remotely saves you the money on gas, and it saves you pumping those fumes out into the atmosphere. One of the best arguments that you could give your boss is that you can save the planet – just a little bit!
Working from home adds a level of flexibility that you cannot get in an office, and there are plenty of scenarios in which working from home is a great idea. You can make the most out of your personal injury claim from the accident you had while exhausted by working from home and earning without commuting. You can even relax and work from home around your children, which not only saves you money on your commute, but on your childcare, too.
All you need to know is how to get your boss on board. Shall we take a look?
- Research. You need to approach your employer with all the good things about remote working. You should include the fact that you can cut your emissions with your lack of commute to work – it’s a bonus if your company has a mission to be a greener business! You should also check out the employee handbook to know whether it’s an option already and you just don’t know about it. You have to be able to rebuttal any argument, so look at all the negatives, too and figure out how to argue against them.
- Plan. Look at what you are currently doing and what your responsibilities are all about, and then figure out how you can translate these to a home office. For example, you may find that a lot of your duties can be done in the home. Always have a list of how you can do them from home and communicate this to your boss.
- Meet. You want to sit down with your boss properly and discuss this as a matter of concern. Explain how your commute is affecting you and your home life, that you are worried about getting into an accident through sheer exhaustion. Explain how you plan to stay motivated in a home office and ask them to consider your role and the fact you don’t have to be in an office for it to work.
- Negotiate. Your boss may not be keen on your working from home all the time due to the fact that they need you in the office to meet and plan with your team. So, offer alternatives. Think about offering to be in the office three days a week with the other two days at home to start with.
Sometimes, employers need to see this work in practice, so offering a trial run is going to be a good way to assure them that you plan to be just as productive.